Pilar French is a diligent and fearless advocate for her clients, representing clients in complex commercial litigation and counseling them on crisis management and emergency remedies. During her 20-year law practice, Pilar has litigated high-stakes matters for a variety of clients including software providers, retailers, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions. READ MORE
In addition to having significant experience in defending against government enforcement actions, Pilar has extensive experience in matters involving the financial and banking industry and has received annual recognition for her work by The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013. She was named “Portland Lawyer of the Year” for banking and finance litigation by Best Lawyers® in 2022 and is also a recognized practitioner in Chambers® USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Pilar brings project management skills to complex consumer, real estate and government enforcement litigation and is a Lean Sigma Yellow Belt®.
Before joining Lane Powell in 1999, Pilar worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice. While there, she represented the state in national and local cases involving enforcement of Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practice Act, Oregon’s Public Records Law, and matters concerning civil rights violations or claims of discrimination. Since leaving the Oregon Department of Justice, she has continued representing clients in these areas pro bono.
Lane Powell PC (1999-Present)
Oregon Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General (1996-1999)
COVID-19 Medical Habeas, Team Member (2020-2021)
Oregon League of Minority Voters, Board Member (2018-2019)
Oregon Women Lawyers, Member (2017 to Present)
Artichoke Community Music, Board Member (2015-2016)
Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls, Board Member (2007)
Portland Business Alliance
American Inn of Court
Multnomah Bar Association
American Bar Association, Member
National Institute of Trial Lawyers, Trial Advocacy Course (2000)
Sellers of Travel Legislative Committee, Co-Chairperson (1997-1998)
Southeast Legal Clinic, Volunteer
Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Certification
“Portland Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers®, Banking and Finance Litigation (2022)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2022)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Litigation (2013-2022)
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